College Posers Soliciting Money for Athletics

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Individuals are pretending to be students of University of Richmond and even Virginia Tech.

They're going door-to-door asking for money. The news is starting to spread among students on the U of R campus,

"No one at the university is happy about this because this is obviously somebody trying to trade on our good name," said Brian Eckert, Director of Media Relations at the University of Richmond.

In keeping their good name, the university has a clear policy about soliciting money. The head of the U of R athletics department says the department never sends out their athletes to go door to door soliciting money.

Several victims have come forward questioning the legitimacy of their donations. That's how the university found out about the crimes - reports of males traveling in pairs knocking on doors.

University officials say these individuals were walking through neighborhoods near campus saying they're from the soccer team or the men's lacrosse team and are asking for money specifically for books and international travel.

But interestingly, the university does not have a men's lacrosse team.

"If a male shows up and says he's a University of Richmond student raising money for his lacrosse team, you know for sure it's not true," said Eckert.

The University of Richmond police say these guys are still out there and if you are approached by someone like this, ask for the person's university-issued, student ID and then call U of R police at 804-289-8715 to report it.

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